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Matt Schaub-QB- Texans Mar. 23 - 9:41 am et The Texans reportedly added a second second-round pick to their package for Matt Schaub because Oakland was after him.Very interesting. The Raiders offensive coordinator is Greg Knapp, who coach Schaub in Oakland. The attempt to acquire Schaub could indicate that the Raiders aren't sold on drafting a quarterback with the first overall pick.Source: Houston Chronicle
Well if they think his weight is gonna yo-yo then the fat-thin thing might be an issue. The Faders don't have to send out smoke screens, they can take who they want.
Dal,That is true, but they may be trying to generate more trading partners. Had the Texans used their heads last year, they could probably have gotten NO to give them something for the chance to draft Bush and they would still have gotten the player they wanted. Instead, it appeared they didn't try to manipulate the draft and just made their selection.
From KFFL.com: http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nflRaiders | Team concerned with Russell's weightThu, 22 Mar 2007 18:17:31 -0700Steve Corkran, reporting for the Sporting News, reports the Oakland Raiders returned from the NFL Scouting Combine with some concerns about Louisiana State QB JaMarcus Russell being their man for the top pick in the draft. Publicly, the Raiders haven't commented about Russell or any of the other players who attended the combine. Privately, however, certain Raider officials have questioned Russell's work ethic and have shown concern about his weight being a long-term problem.I wonder if this is just a smoke screen that the Raiders are throwing out or if they are really serious about drafting Calvin Johnson or maybe Brady Quinn instead of JaMarcus Russell.
Smokescreen? They own the #1 overall pick, they don't have to hide anything.
Quote from: Cerious on March 23, 2007, 10:40:39 AMSmokescreen? They own the #1 overall pick, they don't have to hide anything.Yes they do. The reason they might be creating a smokescreen to keep people guessing is that somebody might want to trade up to get their player. If everybody knows that they are taking Russell nobody will trade up. If they keep Detroit, Cleveland and Tampa guessing that they might take Quinn or CJ, then the idea is that somebody who wants Quinn or CJ would possibly be willing to trade up. Then Oakland moves down and takes Russell anyway and they get a pick or two out of it. Thats the idea. Now whether it works or not is another matter. Probably not. But it doesn't hurt to try. Smokescreens don't cost anything, which is why teams can put as many of them out there on the off chance that it might actually stick. Oakland will take Russell though. Bank on it.
More on this:http://profootballweekly.com/PFW/The+Way+We+Hear+It/default.htmRussellâ€™s red flags could make Quinn the first QB drafted in â€™07In the minds of many evaluators, including PFW resident draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki, there is a considerable gap between QBs JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn.The way we hear it, it is Quinn, not Russell, who Nawrocki and a growing contingent of teams think will be the better pro. And perhaps to the surprise of many draft fans, more of the teams we consulted had finished their pre-Combine draft meetings thinking Quinn would be the better pro.Multiple teams that have begun digging into Russell's background have been turned off by his lazy work habits and immaturity. When he took off his shirt at the Combine weigh-ins and exposed a very soft, fleshy body filled with baby fat, the concerns immediately heightened for one top-10 team that PFW spoke with, revealing what some consider to be the tip of the iceberg.
I think it's all a smokescreen. They may be a little concerned, but not enough to make Quinn the top pick. I believe Oakland will be picking Russell.